Favorite *FREE* Online At-Home Workouts


Check out YouTube for some quality at-home fitness options! Here are a few of my favorite channels:

1.  Jessica Smith TV

Jessica Smith offers a variety of workouts–kickboxing, toning, pilates, dance, walking, HIIT, barre, and mashups of any of the above. There are workouts of varying lengths available. Love her stuff!

2. Fitness Blender

A husband and wife team lead a variety of workouts–pilates, stretching, toning, kickboxing, HIIT, and more. There is usually voice over narration to guide viewers through the workout, but there is rarely any extra talk beyond instructions, form tips, and such. There is no music in the videos, so I like to play my own playlist along with the workouts. Plenty of intensity options and lots of variety to keep things interesting!

3. BeFit

BeFit offers clips and full length workouts from familiar trainers like Denise Austin and Jillian Michaels (from previously released DVDs). There are also new workouts posted.

4. Tara Stiles Yoga

Tara Stiles posts yoga sequences of varying lengths. Sometimes it’s nice to fit in yoga even for just five minutes at a time.

5. POPSUGAR Fitness

This is a good place to try out some fitness trends and see some popular fitness trainers in action.

6. Cosmic Kids Yoga

Adorable yoga practices. Trip has fun listening to a story and following along with yoga postures. Yoga code work is namaste!

These channels also have playlists and/or challenges, so you can find something to match your goals, ability level, or other requirements.

YouTube videos can be watched on a smart phone, tablet, or computer. Better yet, though, you can use a streaming device (like Roku, AppleTV, etc.) to watch on your TV.

Leslie Sansone: Tone Every Zone Walk Review


Leslie Sansone has a great new at-home walking working available. I received a complimentary copy of Tone Every Zone for review purposes.   Also, associate links are marked (*).

Leslie Sansone’s The Tone Every Zone Walkis a great new release for at-home fitness enthusiasts. This is my favorite Leslie Sansone DVD in awhile! The workout includes three 20-Leslie Sansoneminute segments that combine toning and walking aerobics.

The first, “Walk & Upper Body,” is a 20-minute circuit that alternates strength training for the upper body with cardio walking. This was my favorite segment of the DVD. The strength moves are classic like curls, rows, chest flies, skull crushers, and arm raises. If you use a challenging weight, there are enough reps that the muscle can fatigue. Hand weights are required. Having different sizes will help keep every muscle challenged and allow for progression. A mat and lifting gloves are optional equipment. The cardio walk is not too challenging. It is low impact with familiar moves like marching, kicks, and knee raises. There is a warm up but no stretching at the end.

The second circuit is “Walk and Lower Body.” This 20 minute segment focuses on the legs. Once again, cardio portions are not too difficult. The strength sections are traditional moves like squats, static lunges, and plies. There are pulses at the end of a set for extra challenge. Weights are suggested. Once again, there is a warm up but no stretching at the end.

The final segment is a 20-minute “Fast Walk.” This is a faster cardio walk. It is low impact and probably done at a beginner to advanced beginner level. There are the traditional moves seen in most of Sansone’s videos–marches, kicks, knee raises, leg curls. Sansone also varies the workout with moves like a shuffle with an added arm punch. There is a warm up. The cool down includes Sansone walking around and talking to each of the individuals walking with her. (She’s gushing about everyone. She loves the company she keeps!) There is no stretch.

As usual, Sansone is chatty and so friendly. I like her emphasis on good health (and not looking a certain way). The set is colorful and bright, and the music is fast and upbeat.

This release would have been improved with a core segment.

Otherwise, this is a great release! It is perfect for beginners looking for a well-rounded at-home workout. More experienced individuals will appreciate the back-to-basics toning.

Brooke Burke Body Sexy Abs Review


What to pretend to workout but not mess up your hair? Brooke Burke Body: Sexy Abs* might be for you.

This DVD features three 20-minute workouts that focus on the core. The segments include burke“Cardio Crunch,” “Classic Core,” and “Sweet 16.” Brooke Burke leads each segment.

As the segment title suggests, “Cardio Crunch” is supposed to be a 20-minute aero-tone workout. There is a slight cardio factor to this workout. But any hope of getting the heart rate up is dashed when Burke spends a significant amount of time between moves to explain the next move. By significant, I mean 15-20 seconds between each move that felt much longer…and the background crowd just stands around watching. So much for cardio. Overall, there is fifteen minutes of standing and floor moves with five minutes of stretching.

“Classic Core” has Pilates-inspired moves. Once again, Burke takes a long time to explain the moves before the moves are done. Moves include a see-saw crunch and oblique leg lifts. Not many reps are done, so the muscles don’t really get a chance to get fatigued.

“Sweet 16″ includes sixteen of Burke’s favorite moves done for a minute each. There are moves like roll-ups and bicycle. This session requires a hand weight. Once again, there are not really enough reps to fatigue the muscle.

One of the women in the background shows modifications. Burke declares, “Autumn is modifying. Autumn is not lazy.”

At the end of one of the sessions, Burke says, “We’re on a program, you guys. Love it.” Yet, there is no instructions or guidance on how to make this a “program.”

Overall, this is probably a workout for absolute beginners. I definitely think there’s better core programs out there for beginners and beyond.

*Affiliate link marked.

April is Cancer Control Month


April is Cancer Control Month. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S. While there have been advancements in detection and treatment of cancers, there is still much to do. Cancer Control Month is a time to reflect on lifestyle choices that impact the chances of getting cancer.

There are factors that can increase your risk of getting cancer:

  • Genetics
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Not getting enough activity
  • Prolonged sun exposure
  • Use of tobacco products
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Exposure to carcinogens or radiation

With those in mind, there are actions that can help to reduce your risk of getting cancer:


  • Know your family history and get regular checkups.
  • Eat a healthy diet, including plenty of vegetables and fruit, whole grains, and beans.
  • If you consume alcohol, do so in moderation.
  • Quit smoking and/or using tobacco products.
  • Wear sunscreen everyday. Do not use tanning beds.
  • Minimize sun exposure from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Maintain a healthy weight and get daily exercise.
  • Be careful with household products and use as directed.
  • Be mindful of your environment. Have your house tested for radon and asbestos. If required, only have professionals remove asbestos. (Asbestos is a mineral that has been used in construction, insulation, and other uses. It was discovered to be a carcinogen that can cause the cancer mesothelioma.)

Personally, I enjoy getting my physical activity by using at-home workout DVDs, going to

He makes sure I take a daily walk.

He makes sure I take a daily walk.

classes at the local YMCA, walking my dog, and playing with my son. In the past year, I’ve been training for a 5K every three or four months. If I’m lucky, I play tennis, golf (okay…go to TopGolf), hike, bike, or participate in water sports. The important thing is finding something that works for you and your schedule and lifestyle.

We use sunscreen frequently (but could probably be better about using it everyday). I like using sunscreens that are easy to spread and blend into skin like lotion, like Neutrogena Ultra Sheer. I also try to remember to use lip balm with sun protection. We also try to cover up a bit and use hats.

It seems hard to truly know what carcinogens are in the environment and home, but we try to be aware and control what we can. We’ve been trying to use more natural cleaning products like Method products (and baking soda…buy the BIG boxes).

Probably one of my weakest points is diet…sigh…I have recently been challenging myself to get nine servings of produce a day. (Strive for five, but eight is great and nine is divine.) My son’s doctor described servings to Trip as getting “piles,” and she said that he needs to get at least five piles a day. He really is on board with that, and he tracks his daily piles. At dinner, he’ll usually ask, “How many piles have I had?” He’ll then name them.

Wishing everyone health and wellness in April and beyond!

Leslie Sansone 4 Mile Power Walk Review


Leslie Sansone’s 4 Mile Power Walk* (2012) is an hour-long indoor walking workout.

Fans of Sansone will enjoy this program. There are options to do the full four mile walk or one of leslietwo preset two mile walks. (I’m not sure why there’s not an option to do a single mile or to mix-and-match the miles.)

The first two-mile walk is miles one and four, and it includes a warm up and cool down. This session includes “classic” Leslie Sansone moves (marches, side taps, kicks, and knee raises). The other two-mile walk includes miles two and three, and there is no warm up or cool down. The session includes “power surges”–intervals of two-minutes surges of higher intensity walking with some jumps.

The soundtrack is upbeat, and as usual, so is Sansone. There’s lots of chatter. Sansone says during one of the surges, “Tell the kids you’re doing a fist bump!” There’s plenty of posture reminders too.

The workout is good for advanced beginners. The “surges” will give some challenge and variety, but it is not too intense. There is always the option to keep it low intensity, as well.

*Associate links are marked.

Organic India Moringa Powder, Teas, and Supplements


I received Organic India™ products complimentary from Moms Meet for review, including Moringa Leaf Powder, supplements, and teas.


Organic India seems like a responsible and ethical company focused on sustainability. Some more information about the company:

ORGANIC INDIA’s mission is to provide true wellness for all by offering 100% organic, pure, and natural products. ORGANIC INDIA also strives to create a sustainable global environment by working with thousands of family farmers in India on tens of thousands of acres of certified organic farmland. The company actively promotes sustainable agriculture and pays these farmers premium prices for their crops. ORGANIC INDIA makes their trademark product, Tulsi (Holy Basil) tea, in over 20 delicious flavors and offers a variety of organically grown herbal supplements, including Moringa Leaf Powder and Capsules.

Moringa is considered to be a power food by many. Some information from the company:

  • Moringa is considered one of the most complete, nutrient-dense plants on Earth, containing over 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants, and abundant minerals.OrganicIndia-logo
  • Moringa leaves have been eaten for thousands of years as a superfood nutritional supplement, and are often used to combat malnutrition in impoverished countries.
  • Daily use of Moringa as a dietary supplement can help restore nutritional imbalances.
  • This concentrated superfood is both alkalizing and energizing, and is abundant in vitamins, minerals and complex amino acids.
  • ORGANIC INDIA Moringa is USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher and Halal certified, gluten-free, and vegan.
  • One 8 oz. canister of Moringa Leaf Powder retails for $22.99, and 90 capsules of Moringa retails for $19.99.

The leaf powder is easy to use. The serving suggestion is a half teaspoon stirred into water, yogurt, or other food. The powder has a strong, herby smell. But, a half teaspoon of it mixes into a cup of yogurt or smoothie without impacting the taste too much.

I also made an easy face mask using the powder. I mixed equal parts Moringa Leaf Powder and water (1 tsp. of each), smoothed it on my face, and let it dry for a few minutes. It was kind of like a mud mask. After I rinsed it off, my skin felt smoother, and that feeling lasted all day.

Organic India also offers organic teas. I tried the Original Tulsi Tea, Tulsi Moringa Tea, and the Tulsi Cinnamon Rose Tea. Each has antioxidants and is caffeine free. My favorite is the Cinnamon Rose. It smells wonderful and tastes great. Organic India has a great variety of teas; some others I’d like to try are the fruity teas like Tulsi Pomegranate Green Tea, Tulsi Red Mango Tea, and Tulsi Raspberry Peach. Loose leaf teas are also available.

I also received herbal supplements to try, such as Joy! It is said to uplift mood and increase energy. My husband and I joked that these are happy pills.

A note of caution, if you are pregnant or have other health concerns, you should discuss the use of Moringa/herbal supplements with your physician.

Check out Organic India online (including a blog), on Facebook, and on Twitter. They are worth a follow for inspiration on organic and responsible living, recipes, and DIY care advice.

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

Temptations Snacky Mouse (TM) Cat Toy Review


I received the Temptations Snacky Mouse™ Cat Toy and treats from Influenster for testing and review purposes.

Of, my opinion doesn’t really matter on the subject. It’s the kitties who really did the testing of the products. They were immediately interested in the task at hand.


The Temptations Snacky Mouse Cat Toy is a little mouse with a round bottom that wobbles. Small treats are placed in it, and the cat bats the toy to knock out the treats. The cats loved playing with the toy. Both my cats are eight years old, but they can both me playful at times…and the Snacky Mouse Cat Toy definitely brought out their playful side.



The Snacky Mouse Cat Toy retails for $6.

The only downside in our house is that the cats’ younger doggy brother was also interested in the toy, so he had to be given something else to do during playtime.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.